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Markets for Temporary Clerical Labour and the Role of the Private Employment Agency

  • Fiona McNally


The existence of temporary workers in the white-collar sector is almost entirely dependent upon both long-term and short-term labour shortage. This chapter is concerned to identify the conditions under which these shortages arise and to examine the role of private employment agencies in channelling the supply of temporary labour. Both the state of the market for temporary clerical labour and the manner in which agencies align jobs and workers represent important variables in the study of temps’ attitudes to work.


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Notes and References

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